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Outdoors events
For the week of Oct. 1-7
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This week

Pre-order Native Plant Sale, Gainesville. Fall plants. Today is the last day to order. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. 770-535-1976.  

Moonlight Paddles, Gainesville. Group paddles led by a professional instructor. Equipment provided. Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $15 nonmembers; free to members.

Paul Anderson Cycling Challenge, Gainesville. Benefits the Paul Anderson Youth Home. Friday-Oct. 8. 500-mile ride will go from Dahlonega to Athens, with cyclists coming through Gainesville on Sunday.

Fall Garden Expo, Gainesville. Hall County Master Gardeners. More than 60 vendors with plants, garden art and products. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. Free.

Southern Appalachian Mushrooms, Helen. Slide show and identification hike. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Smithgall Woods Conservation Area and Lodge, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. Preregister. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Full Moon Canoe Outing, Tallulah Falls. Ranger-led canoe paddle. 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls. $4. 706-754-7981.   

Elachee's Backyard Conservation Workshop, Gainesville. Learn how to compost, make rain barrels and rain gardens. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. Preregister. 770-535-1976.

Bike ride, Cleveland. More than 50 miles. Eat at Batesville General Store for lunch. 9 a.m. Saturday, Woodlawn Baptist Church, 4219 Ga. 254, Cleveland. 770-534-7075 or

Peonies class, Cumming. How to plant peonies, which ones to pick and how to care for them. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming. Free. 770-781-9840.

Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. Hike by the light of the moon and learn about sensory awareness. Preregister. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls. 706-754-7981.

Conifers and Other Evergreens, Gainesville. Gardening class taught by Linda Baggett. 5 p.m. Tuesday, Gardens on Green, 711 Green St., Gainesville.


Bike ride, Gainesville. Chicken City Cyclists. 9 a.m. Oct. 10, Bolling Mill Park, Gainesville. 770-534-7075 or

Helen Fat Tire Festival, Helen. Group rides, clinics, bike games, scavenger hunt ride and live music. Oct. 9-11, Unicoi State Park and Lodge, 1788 Ga. 356, Helen.

Stocking Scurry 5K Run/Walk, Gainesville. Oct. 10 with registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and race at 9 a.m., parking lot of Hall County Bank, 311 Green St. SE, Gainesville. 770-363-1340 or

Run the Vineyard, Braselton. 5K race and one-mile fun run. Benefits the Braselton Rotary Club. Oct. 10 with fun run at 7:30 a.m. and 5K at 8 a.m., Chateau Elan Winery/Paddy's Pub, 100 Rue Charlemagne Drive, Braselton. $20 in advance, $25 on race day; $45 preregistration per family. 770-965-8949 or

TangerSTYLE 5K Run/Walk, Commerce. Benefits The American Cancer Society. 8:30 a.m. Oct. 10, Tanger Outlet Center, 800 Steven B. Tanger Blvd., Commerce. Preregistration before Saturday, $20; $25 for late registration.

Heirloom camellias, Gainesville. Del Mixon speaks to Crabapple, Gainesville/Gateway and Fleur-de-Lis garden clubs. 1 p.m. Oct. 12, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St., Gainesville. 770-532-3562 or

Fall Tree Identification Hike, Clarkesville. Ben Cash will lead a hike up to Anna Ruby Falls. 2 p.m. Oct. 18, begins at Anna Ruby Falls Visitor Center, 200 Ga. 197 N., Clarkesville. $2. Preregister. 706-878-1448.

Autumn Breeze 5K, Tallulah Falls. Flat course. Awards are student-created artwork. 3 p.m. Oct. 18, Tallulah Gorge State Park day use area, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls.

Adopt-A-Stream Training, Gainesville. Workshop on how to accurately monitor streams. Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Oct. 23, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $5 for materials. Preregistration required. 770-535-1976.


Chicken City Cyclists evening ride, Gainesville. 6 p.m. Wednesdays, downtown Gainesville square. 770-534-7075 or

ISI Cycling ride, Gainesville. Three group rides with varying speeds and distances. No ride if in rain or if temperature below 32 degrees. 7:15 a.m. Saturdays, Corinth Baptist Church, 3590 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. Free. 678-231-0417.

Come Try It, Gainesville. Try canoes and kayaks on Lake Lanier. Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club. 1-6 p.m. Sundays through September, Lake Lanier Olympic Center, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $15. 770-287-7888.

Hall County Farmers Market, Gainesville. 6 a.m. Tuesdays and 7 a.m. Saturdays, corner of East Crescent Drive and Jesse Jewell Parkway, near U.S. 985 Exit 24, Gainesville; 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays, downtown Gainesville square. $10 to join market, $5 per day to sell; $100 to reserve space for entire selling season. 770-531-6988.

Hoschton Farmers Market, Hoschton. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Towne Center Shopping Center, Hoschton. Dan Graves, 770-861-7232

Dahlonega Farmers Market, Dahlonega. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays through Nov. 7, Hancock Park off the downtown Dahlonega square. 706-864-6133.

Suwanee Farmers Market, Suwanee. Farmers must grow their own produce and be licensed and certified by the Georgia Department of Agriculture; vendors register in advance. 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 17, Town Center Park, 310 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. 770-945-8996 or

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